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ARC Portugal

Cruise across the Bay of Biscay and day sail down the coast of Spain and Portugal to Marina de Lagos. Three weeks of sailing to the sun, tours and parties.
More than simply a voyage south to the sun, ARC Portugal appeals to summer cruisers, boats heading to the Mediterranean and to ARC participants. Social activities in every port and visits ashore to explore ancient Iberian cities and fishing villages make the rally a real holiday.
Invite a range of family and friends to join your adventure - day sails and great transport links make crew changes easy. The mix of people makes ARC Portugal a friendly and convivial summer cruise.
“The banter, the laughs, the story-swapping - you would be hard pushed to beat this experience”


Celebrations & Farewells in Lagos.

After three weeks of sailing and exploring the Portuguese coast, Wednesday evening marked the end of the 21st edition of ARC Portugal. Having sailed over 900 nautical miles and visited eight different ports, arrival to Marina de Lagos following “the best sailing day of the Rally” was a fitting way to end the sailing for the Rally. “Good sailing, interesting ports, good company, well organised!”... Click here for more info..

A warm welcome to Figuiera Da Foz.

Figueira da Foz has been the home to ARC Portugal (formerly Rally Portugal) for the 21 years that World Cruising Club has been introducing sailors to the Portuguese coast. Due to the many years the rally has been visiting Figueira, ARC Portugal has a strong relationship with the community, yacht club and tourist authority with this year as no exception.Yesterday crews enjoyed a tour to Montemor... Click here for more info..

Sailing, Port Wine, Crew Dinners and Tours.

Over two weeks ago ARC Portugal crews met each other in Plymouth, UK, many preparing for their biggest offshore sail they had ever undertaken. Since then, the fleet have sailed approximately 700 nautical miles crossing the English Channel and Bay of Biscay, enjoyed tapas in Spain and are now making the most of the Portuguese coast appreciating the port wine, local cuisine and the history of each... Click here for more info..
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Firefly - Marina de Lagos Hooray!!!!

 We have arrived in Marina de Lagos after 3.5 weeks of sailing and themajority of which has been a real treat! Final legwas around 80 miles and we had some fun 30 knots around Cap St Vincent which wasfun as no reef in and we were surfing at read more...


Firefly - random photos of the trip (LIsboa)

We are now in Lisbon and it is great! lovely marina and very funcity. we are heading to Sines tomorrow and then our minds turn to where we storethe boat for a few weeks whilst we return to London for a few weeks.38:40:60N 9:19:04W m_IMG_2463 read more...


Firefly - Peniche

Arrived in Peniche and heading to Lisbon tomorrowWeather is lovely and really starting to get a lot hotter which is reallynice Will post some pictures when we get a chance 39:21:13N 9:22:61W       Firefly crew read more...


May - Day 4

Saturday afternoon the wind increased to a F6 NE with waves to match but all was still well. We had ports of refuge in mind if things got worse but we were too far west to make for them and it would have meant beating to windward on a fine reach. read more...


Firefly - Some pictures of Leg 3!

Sienna likes listening to music up close and personal with the cockpitspeakers     m_IMG_2430 m_IMG_2432 m_IMG_2436 m_IMG_2440 m_IMG_2441 m_IMG_2445 m_IMG_2446 m_IMG_2450 m_IMG_2451 m_IMG_2452 m_IMG_2454 m_IMG_2455 m_IMG_2457 m_IMG_2458 read more...

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We had so much confidence in the expert pre cruise attention to detail, safety, planning etc and the way that we could turn up at the end of a sail to have all the berthing, paperwork, socialising and trips organised, which we almost took for granted until we had to do it for ourselves! Also the value for money of the rally, which many of our other rally friends have mentioned. It also gave us confidence for further travels.
Alison & David Alexander, sy Red Skies
What a fantastic trip this is and tremendous value for money.
Derek Parish, sy Andiamo

World Cruising Club

Offshore Yacht Rigging Podcast with Mike Meer

Episode #102 of '59º North,' is Mike Meer, head rigger at Port Annapolis Marina and Rigging Inspector for the Caribbean 1500. It’s all about yacht rigging in the context of ocean sailing, in Mike’s witty, fun-loving style. He’s a cool guy, and he gets across complex rigging issues in a very understandable manner. The slides from Mike’s talk are available at this episode’s blog page on 59-north.com/sailingpodcast, so head there to follow along. Mike's talk was recorded at the March Ocean Sailing Seminar in Annapolis, Maryland. Click here to see other learning opportunities from World Cruising Club.... more info

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